The Programme for Environment and Climate Co-operation (PECC) has provided grant financing for the implementation during 2018 of some 10 co-operation projects between Nordic and Northwest Russian non-commercial partners to mutually benefit the environment and climate at the regional and local levels. It is foreseen that another financing round will be launched during the second half of 2019.
The purpose of the Programme is to contribute directly to create an improved status of the environment and climate in Northwest Russia and indirectly lead to improvements in the Nordic and Baltic countries and the whole Barents Region by financially supporting the implementation of relevant co-operation projects at the regional and local levels in Northwest Russia.
Under the first round grant financing was awarded to a lead Nordic non-commercial partner (public Nordic institutions or non-profit organisations at the regional or municipal levels – applicants) for the implementation of projects with environmental and climate benefits in co-operation with one or more non-commercial corresponding local partners located in Northwest Russia and possibly also in another Nordic country.
It was required that the co-operation projects should be aimed at exchanging experience and establishing sustainable networks between the Nordic countries and Northwest Russia, and to qualify for funding there needed to be as a minimum a lead Nordic partner and a local partner in Northwest Russia.
The first round of the Programme targeted the following fields, among others:
- Use of renewable energy sources
- Energy savings and improved energy efficiency
- Cleaner production and sustainable consumption
- Sustainable city and land-use planning
- Protection of nature
Available funding from the Programme is based on individual calls for proposals. The first calls for proposals was announced during spring 2017 and selected projects were implemented during 2018.
Eventual future calls for proposals will be announced at this page. It is foreseen that another financing round will be launched during the second half of 2019.